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Justin Ruggiano set to see specialist
by Chris Towers |

Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will visit with a specialist to determine the exact nature of the ankle injury that landed him on the disabled list Wednesday, reports.

Ruggiano had been out for nearly a week before the team opted to put him on the DL, and at this point no timetable for a potential return is known.  

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Masahiro Tanaka tossed 49 pitches in simulated game
by Chris Towers |

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was able to throw his splitter "worry-free" in a simulated game Thursday, reports

Tanaka, who is trying to work his way back from a partially torn UCL, threw 49 pitches and reported no issues Thursday. He felt "normal" but is still trying to find his command, though infielder Brendan Ryan thought he looked pretty close to ready after facing him during the session.

"He could get outs now on stuff alone," Ryan said.

Tanaka is still working on getting back to full strength, but he still needs to throw at least 75 pitches in a session before the team considers bringing him off the DL. At this point, it seems unlikely he will go on a rehab assignment in the minors. 

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Luke Putkonen beginning rehab assignment Thursday
by Chris Towers |

Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen is expected to take his recovery from elbow surgery out on rehab assignment Thursday, the team announced. Putkonene will begin his assignment for Class A West Michigan, though it is not clear how long he is expected to stay on assignment at this point. 

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Brewers claim Justin Morneau, cannot work out deal
by Chris Towers |

The Brewers won a waiver claim on Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, but were unable to work out a trade for him, reports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Thursday.

The details of the Brewers' offer for Morneau are not known, but the Rockies evidently did not consider it worth of Morneau's services. He is still under contract for next season and is providing excellent value, leading the National league with a .317 average while adding 14 home runs, 69 RBI and an .857 OPS.

Morneau will be paid $6.75 million in 2015, and his contract has a mutual option for $9 million for 2016. 

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Carl Crawford producing well in part-time role
by Chris Towers |

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford hit safely for the sixth time in eight games Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, as he continues to find ways to contribute.

Crawford, who entered the 3-1 win as a reserve, went 1 for 2 in his two trips to the plate. He has been mostly used as a platoon hitter recently, and it has helped his production, as Crawford is 10 for 23 with four stolen bases and eight runs scored over his last eight games. 

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Jordan Schafer contributing for Twins
by Chris Towers |

Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer continues to produce since joining the team, as he extended his heating streak to seven games in a 6-1 loss to the Royals Wednesday.

Schafer went 1 for 3 with a stolen base Wednesday, raising his average since joining the Twins to .305 in 59 at-bats. He has appeared in all but two games since, and has a .397 on-base percentage with 10 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 10 tries.  

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Gordon Beckham goes deep, drives in two in win
by Chris Towers |

The Angels got a boost from newly acquired infielder Gordon Beckham Wednesday, in a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

Beckham slugged a solo home run in the fourth inning and added an RBI groundout in the eighth, ultimately finishing the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  

Beckham had been hitless in his previous seven at-bats since joining the Angels, and is hitting just .219/.262/.339 in 401 at-bats overall. 

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Mike Zunino punctuates slump with homer
by Chris Towers |

Mariners catcher Mike Zunino snapped out of a power drought Wednesday, as he homered for the first time in nearly three weeks in a 12-4 loss to the Rangers.

Zunino had just one hit in the game, a solo home run, as he finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. He has just two home runs in the month of August so far, after totaling at least four in each of the previous three.

Zunino has been a pretty all-or-nothing hitting this year, as he carries a .205/.261/.418 line with 19 home runs in 106 games. 

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Kyle Seager reaches 20 homers for third straight season
by Chris Towers |

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager reached the 20-homer mark for the third straight season Wednesday, during a 12-4 loss to the Rangers.

Seager had just one hit in the game, a solo home run in the ninth inning well after the game was decided. He went 1 for 4 with one RBI as he clubbed his 20th home run of the season.

Seager is now just two homers and five RBI shy of his career-highs, with more than a month left in the season. He is hitting .275/.344/.471 with 81 RBI in 129 games. 

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Victor Martinez clubs career-best 26th homer
by Chris Towers |

Tigers catcher Victor Martinez continues his strong performance Wednesday, as he established a career-high in homers during the course of an 8-4 loss to the Yankees.

Martinez clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning, giving him a career-best 26 on the season. He ultimately finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in the loss.

Martinez is at or near career-highs in numerous categories this season, as he has enjoyed a resurgence at the age of 35. He is hitting .327/.396/.555 with 85 RBI in 120 games. 

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